So, Matt Harvey ... wow. It's only been two starts, but I think we may have found Mr. Breakout.
Who's off today: Orioles, Red Sox
First pitch: The Blue Jays and Tigers have a 1:08 p.m. ET start, while the NL doesn't get underway until Dodgers-Padres at 6:40.
Interleague DH issues: The White Sox are in D.C. to face the Nats, and as noted in yesterday's entry, Adam Dunn is expected to sit tonight against tough lefty Gio Gonzalez.
Streaming starters: The Astros are the fantasy gift that will keep on giving. Joe Saunders shut them down last night to raise our record to 5-3. Today's pick is Travis Wood (owned in 5.1 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the shorthanded Brewers, while Wednesday's selection is Seattle's Blake Beavan (0.3 percent owned) against the friendly neighborhood Astros. I can't say I trust Beavan, but the pickings are slim, and the opponent is terrible.
On to the news:
- After three miserable outings, the Brewers have yanked John Axford from the closer's role in favor of Jim Henderson. However, the quotes from manager Ron Roenicke (and even Henderson) suggest that Axford will move back into the job once he straightens things out, so while you can certainly pick up Henderson, don't get too comfortable with him. Axford owners should try to hang onto him for awhile if possible. There's potential here for Henderson to keep the job all year, or give it back after a week. Sorry for the uncertainty, but that's life with shaky closers. FANTASY NEWS Check out the latest
- In other Brewers' news, 1B Corey Hart (knee) has been moved to the 60-day DL, meaning that the earliest he can return is May 30.
- Indians C Carlos Santana left Monday's game with a bruised left thumb. X-rays were negative, but keep an eye on the Tribe's lineup today if you own Santana in a daily league.
- Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez left Monday's game with a hamstring injury, and his status for his weekend start is TBD. We should know more today.
- Rangers SP Matt Harrison is dealing with lower back soreness, and his status for Thursday's start appears to be in question. Harrison has a bullpen session scheduled for today, so we should know more after that.
- Red Sox DH David Ortiz got two hits in an extended spring training game on Monday. If all goes well today and tomorrow, Big Papi will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, and hopefully be back in the Sox' lineup 7-10 days later.
- In other Red Sox news, John Lackey (bicep) figures to make a trip to the DL if he can't start Sunday, and SS Stephen Drew (concussion) is expected to be activated tomorrow.
- Braves SS Andrelton Simmons has been dropped to the No. 8 spot in the Braves' batting order, at least temporarily. That'll hurt his stolen base chances.
- Orioles OF Nolan Reimold (hamstring) hopes he'll avoid the DL.
- FishStripes says that "barring a drastic switch in performance over the next few weeks, there is almost no chance (Jose) Fernandez will return to the minors." The Marlins' top prospect is worth grabbing in NL-only leagues if you still can, but figures to be a risky option for mixed redraft leagues.
- Don't read anything into Aaron Crow's Monday save for the Royals. Greg Holland and Kelvin Herrera were both getting a day off after pitching Saturday and Sunday.
- There's no update on Jered Weaver's left elbow injury, but Dave Cameron at FanGraphs is worried about Weaver's fastball velocity.
- Are you panicked about Roy Halladay after his latest terrible outing? So is the Philly media.
- Trevor Rosenthal was bad in Monday's bullpen meltdown against the Reds, but Mitchell Boggs was worse. Just keep an eye on this - Rosenthal's stuff is nasty, and he could ascend for the Cardinals if Boggs continues to struggles.
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